Family Worship 5 July 2020

Our home-made Family Worship service. Thanks very much to Bev, Toby, Nick & Hannah, Amy & Matthew and the various camera crews across Bollington for helping with our service today 🙂 The opening scene of this video shows a snapshot from Christmas in church!?! We hope it’s not that long before we can gather together in person again for worship! We look forward to re-opening the church building hopefully in the Autumn, after successful completion of our ongoing kitchen development project, but meanwhile stay safe and keep well 🙂 Veronica

The Birth of John the Baptist

Celebrated on 24th June

A hymn for this day that is not heard so often these days:
Hail, Harbinger of Morn.

Originally written in Latin by the Venerable Bede who lived from 673 to 735, this is a Victorian translation with a tune by W H Bell (1873-1946).

The dictionary defines a harbinger as: “A forerunner, a thing which tells of the onset or coming of something”.

Feel free to sing along!

A Hymn for Trinity Sunday

Father of Heaven, whose love profound

The words were written by Revd. Edward Cooper in 1805.
The hymn is often sung to the well-known tune “Rievaulx” by Revd. J B Dykes (1823-1876), who wrote over 300 hymn tunes.
This perhaps less familiar tune “Song 5” was composed by Orlando Gibbons and was published in “Hymns and Songs of the Church” in 1623 – the same year that the “first folio” of Shakespeare appeared and exactly 200 years before J B Dykes was born.

In the last line of the tune, there are two notes on the word “us” (in verses 1-3)

Immortal, invisible…

Another well-known hymn to sing along with.

The words were written by Revd Walter Chalmers Smith, a minister in the Free Church of Scotland. He was born in Aberdeen in 1824, was ordained in 1850 and was sent to minister at the Free Scots Church at Chadwell Street in London until 1854. The rest of his ministry was in Scotland, his last position before retirement being  Moderator of the General Assembly, the highest position in the Free Church. He died near Dunblane in 1908 and was buried in Edinburgh.

Although he wrote other hymns, this is the only one that is still popular today. The Welsh tune St Denio is well known, although the descant in the last verse may be less familiar.

A Hymn for Pentecost

At Pentecost we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples like “tongues of fire”.

The ancient hymn “Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire” is often sung at Pentecost and also for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Although we are not able to sing this in church together for the time being, maybe you would like to sing it at home…

There is a slight delay after you press start.

During Lockdown…

(as authorised by Bishop Keith…)
During this time when we are unable to share in Holy Communion in church, you may like to instead take part in…

An Act of Spiritual Communion

Settle yourself into a quiet place. Play some music to settle you then make a gesture (e.g. Sign of the Cross) and allow your attention to silently withdraw from external things and focus into the heart.
You can do this by breathing deeply and slowly into your heart, the centre of your being, or by repeating some reflective verses. For example:

+ O God, come to my aid; O Lord, make haste to help me.

Next, take a moment to think back over the past few days and bring to mind anything for which you want to say sorry to God, and ask for God’s forgiveness:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God; have mercy on me, a sinner.

Then, if you are able, pray the Collect for the Day and read the lesson concluding the Gospel with a time of silence. Then say the Creed and offer your own prayers ending with the Our Father. Now imagine Jesus, Mary or one of the saints coming to you in a gracious and kind manner, holding out to you the Blessed Sacrament. As you see them approach, say:

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Then, make an Act of Spiritual Communion in these or other words:    

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

As you imagine yourself receiving the Bread of Heaven, be still and rest in the love of God. Thank Him for entering beneath the roof of your soul with words such as:

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesu, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from you.

From the malicious Enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me
and bid me come to you,
that with your Saints I may praise you,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord.
+Thanks be to God

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Family Worship Service

3 May 2020

Theme: The Good Shepherd

We still can’t be in church for Sunday Worship but you can join in this short version of the Family Worship Service normally held on the first Sunday of the month. We would have had an Easter Egg hunt afterwards – but this year you’ll have to hunt for them at home!
(The pictures of the Easter egg hunt are from our archives!)

The video is no longer available here – you can view it on the RiCH facebook page.